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Daisy Miller | [Henry James]

Daisy Miller

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Audible Editor Reviews

A common trope in Henry James’ work is of innocent Americans drawn to and corrupted by European decadence. One of James’ best-known examinations of this theme is found in his 1878 novella Daisy Miller.

In Switzerland, the American title character, a headstrong but naïve girl, meets Frederick Winterbourne, a handsome and sophisticated American who is living abroad. Their potential romance is initially foiled by Winterbourne’s family. Later, when they meet again in Rome, Frederick is shocked by Daisy’s scandalous behavior with a notorious Italian man.

Flo Gibson’s performance of this psychologically astute story is both assertive and ironic.

Publisher's Summary

When pretty but unsophisticated Daisy Miller comes to Rome from her home in Schenectady, New York, the enclave of Europeanized Americans find her brash and daring. In this, one of Henry James's finest novels of manners and morals, he portrays with elegance and wit the clash between the different societies of Europe and America. The Europeans, so steeped in propriety and old world values, are inimical to the vibrant and often careless nature of the young American society. Daisy must not only discover these deep differences, but she must also learn to recognize the dangers of thwarting convention and tradition.

(P)1981 by Recorded Books, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Hearing Daisy Miller, listeners will recognize the tragic difficulties of youth, love, and tradition. Flo Gibson reads splendidly and portrays Daisy with requisite innocence and insolence." (Booklist)
"Highly recommended...." (School Library Journal)

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    Mark Venice, CA, USA 10-07-07
    Mark Venice, CA, USA 10-07-07 Member Since 2006
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    "low sound quality"

    Listen to this story, but be sure to get one of the other versions available from Audible. This one is muffled, as though being spoken through a thick layer of cotton. Even at only two hours in length it is a chore to listen to.

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    D. Littman OH 02-16-05
    D. Littman OH 02-16-05 Member Since 2003

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    "Very fulfilling novelette"

    Daisy Miller is a great introduction, or reintroduction, to the writings of Henry James. It is short, relatively non-complex, and characterized by a beautiful style of writing & sweep of narrative. Like many Jamesian novels, at one level it is about the clash between the old world & the new, taking place on the stage of Europe with a caste of American characters. At another it is an intricate psychological love story/play among characters who don't express their feelings to one another in any direct fashion. If you like it, then you can go on to the longer & more complicated James novels. A couple of others are also available on Audible. The quality of the recording ... I am not sure whether it was the narrator herself or, more likely, the fact that the recording was originally in Format 1, isn't the best. Sometimes you have to wind the volume on the device near maximum to hear the highs-&-lows of what is being said. A small complaint, but alittle irritating anyway. That's the only reason I gave it only 4 stars.

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